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Here's How to Make Us Great Again

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Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 02:29 PM Current | Bio | Archive

National flags seem permanently stuck at half-mast. From Orlando to Dallas, Nice to Baton Rouge, senseless tragedies keep our banner flying in the mourning position.

Unlike our caveman ancestors, we have the power to affect change. Sure, the world will remain a dangerous place. But with a concerted effort, we could mitigate many risks and go a long way towards solving our problems.

But we don’t.

Instead, we’re stuck in a rut of impotence where nothing changes. And outside of meaningless lip service, nothing is being done to get us back on course. Absolutely nothing.

Taxes keep rising to rebuild roads and failing bridges, but it seems those needing the most improvement never get fixed. Illegal immigration remains in dire need of compassionate solutions, for citizen and immigrant alike, yet the problem remains unaddressed.

Educational achievement, especially by inner city students, is subpar, even abysmal, resulting in America trailing its international competitors in math, reading and science. College costs continue to skyrocket, yet grads, mired in student loan debt, find the job market lacking. And worst of all, the killings continue unabated and unaddressed.

How could we have veered so abruptly off-course?  Not that long ago, Americans routinely achieved the impossible.

We vigorously engaged in, and won, the space race, placing humans on the moon a mere 66 years after the Wright brothers’ 120-foot flight.

We changed long-held attitudes to put forth the civil rights movement. And in winning the Cold War, we vanquished the most formidable adversary to liberty the world had ever known, freeing countless people from decades of oppression. 

With no major enemy, we got fat, dumb, and lazy. Becoming soft, we lost the bold edge that always made America’s pioneering spirit unique. And then we turned our guns inward, sniping at each other while erasing years of hard-fought gains. We bowed to a new master — political correctness — and became a sanitized, hyper-sensitive society where the growing entitlement class, comprised of all races, became offended by everything, pleased by nothing, and eschewed that which could unite us: communication.

Once upon a time, Americans would actually talk to one another about their differences to work out solutions. It wasn’t easy, as nothing worthwhile ever is, but things got done.

Those days are gone.

Partisan lines are drawn like never before, accelerated by the 24/7 news cycle and social media. There was a time that many problems on Capitol Hill could be solved over a drink; now, anyone daring to meet with the “enemy” sees his image plastered on Facebook, branded a “sellout.” 

Social media, including all the “tough guys” who so “bravely” hide behind their anonymous computer names, has taken on a life of its own, so powerful that the majority of elected officials have thrown up their hands. So nothing gets done.

We need national leadership to break the mold, reject the safe road, and address the issues free of partisan bickering. If both parties were smart, they would air ads all year long discussing their positions, free of “gotcha” politics. Rather than playing the blame-game, a funny thing would happen: people would pay attention.

That honest communication, where humans talk to one another rather than using their damn cellphones, would lead to the first constructive dialogue in decades.

Maybe then we could finally have that “honest conversation about race.”

Maybe we could inject American competition into our schools to break the legacy of failure so that another generation won’t be hopelessly cast adrift.

Maybe we could figure out why young people resort to mass killings (nonexistent just 25 years ago) and view suicide as a viable option.  Perhaps we can regain our sense of humor, a reminder that we can be serious without taking ourselves too seriously. 

And together, we can make America greater, because we’ve never stopped being the world’s greatest country, and kindest people.

Lofty goals? Absolutely. Hard? Exceedingly so.But we’re Americans, so there’s only one answer, as JFK said that we choose to do these things, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Let’s get to work.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.
 

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